Santa Claus Parade 2018, emulating Christmas movies
CORNWALL, Ontario – The 2018 Cornwall Santa Claus Parade is set to kick off the holiday season on Saturday, Nov. 17.
The parade will start at 5 p.m. at St. Lawrence Secondary School and make its way down Second St. all the way to Augustus St.
“The theme this year is Christmas movies,” explained Terry Muir, parade organizer and Optimist Club President. “I think it will be an interesting year. That’s a pretty wide-open topic—movies.”
Muir, who has been involved with the parade and Cornwall Service Club Council for as long as he can remember, emphasized that the parade is funded by donors rather than the City. Due to the reliance on local business involvement, the parade has changed accordingly over the years.
This year, Muir is expecting 250 to 300 individuals involved in the parade and has been told that over 20,000 residents attend and watch the procession. Last year’s parade theme was 150 years of Christmas.
Between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., residents can attend Breakfast with Santa at the Cornwall Civic Complex with a donation fee. There will also be a Santa Street Hockey Challenge on Montreal Rd.
“It typically kicks off the Christmas season,” said Muir. “Kids love it, no matter what age they are...just watching the smiles along the route is amazing…especially when Santa goes by.”
Zoe Lauzon, 4, sits on Santa’s lap at the annual Breakfast with Santa.